Get ready to Dance: Zumbathon is on February 21st

February is heart month and to help you get your heart pumping, Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS) is sponsoring a Zumbathon on Friday, February 21 from 4 – 7 pm at the Paul H. Broyhill Wellness Center, located at 232 Boone Heights Drive in Boone. The Zumbathon is an extension of the 2nd Annual Heart Shape event, which is taking place on Saturday, February 8 at the Wellness Center

Registration for the Zumbathon costs $10 and all proceeds will benefit the ARHS THRIVE Scholarship Program. THRIVE is a medically supervised program at the Wellness Center that transitions patients from more acute phases of chronic disease management to wellness. The program, which requires a physician referral, consists of a Cardiopulmonary Track as well as an Oncology Track

You can purchase your Zumbathon tickets at the Heart Shape Event on February 8th, or at the front desk of the Wellness Center.  

“I am honored to be able to take part in this Zumbathon,” said Gwen Dhing, Aerobics Instructor and Zumba leader at the Wellness Center. “Knowing that 100 percent of the proceeds will go toward such a worthy cause is truly heartwarming.”  

Since its inception in 2011, THRIVE has helped 110 patients improve their quality of life. The THRIVE Scholarship Program was established to ensure that all patients, regardless of financial barriers, would be able to benefit from the program.

Heart Shape T-shirts will be on sale for $16 dollars at the Wellness Center during the month of February while supplies last. On average, 40 percent of all T-shirt sales will go toward the THRIVE Scholarship Program. Additional cash or check donations may be made during the event.  

For more information about the Zumbathon or Heart Shape visit or call 828-268-8960. To learn more about the THRIVE program visit